Nurses Week 2022: Honoring Nurses

National Nurses Week starts annually on May 6th and also ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday celebration. These irreversible days improve preparation and also position Nationwide Registered nurses Week as a well-known acknowledgment event. Since 1998, May 8 was marked as National Pupil Nurses Day, to be celebrated yearly. And also as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) annually.

The nursing occupation has actually been sustained and also promoted by the American Nurses Organization (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA’s state and territorial registered nurses organizations promotes the nursing occupation at the state as well as local degrees. Each carries out parties on these days to recognize the contributions that nurses and also nursing make to the area.

The ANA supports as well as urges National Nurses Week acknowledgment programs with the state and district nurses organizations, other specialized nursing organizations, academic facilities, and also independent health care companies and institutions.

A Quick Background of National Nurses Week

1953 Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Wellness, Education, and also Well-being sent out a proposal to Head of state Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The announcement was never made.

1954 National Nurse Week was observed from October 11 – 16. The year of the observance marked the 100th wedding anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s objective to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton funded the costs for a nurse week. Apparently, an expense for a National Registered nurse Week was presented in the 1955 Congress, yet no action was taken. Congress ceased its method of joint resolutions for national weeks of different kinds.

1972 Again a resolution was presented by the Legislature for the President to proclaim “National Registered Nurse Day.” It did not happen.

1974 In January of that year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would certainly be “International Registered Nurse Day.” (May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.) Because 1965, the ICN has actually celebrated “International Nurse Day.”

1974 In February of that year, a week was assigned by the White House as National Nurse Week, as well as Head of state Nixon issued a pronouncement.

1978 New Jacket Governor Brendon Byrne stated May 6 as “Registered nurses Day.” Edward Scanlan, of Red Financial Institution, N.J., occupied the cause to bolster the acknowledgment of nurses in his state. Mr. Scanlan had this day provided in Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events. He advertised the event on his own.

1981 ANA, together with numerous nursing companies, rallied to sustain a resolution started by registered nurses in New Mexico, via their Congressman, Manuel Lujan, to have Might 6, 1982, established as “National Acknowledgment Day for Nurses.”

1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors officially recognized Might 6, 1982 as “National Nurses Day.” The action verified a joint resolution of the United States Congress assigning Might 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

1982 President Ronald Reagan authorized an announcement on March 25, announcing “National Acknowledgment Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.

1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the acknowledgment of nurses to a week-long celebration, proclaiming May 6 – 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week.

1993 The ANA Board of Supervisors designated Might 6 – 12 as irreversible days to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all succeeding years.

1996 The ANA started “National registered nurse Acknowledgment Day” on May 6, 1996, to recognize the nation’s important registered nurses for their steadfast dedication 365 days a year. The ANA urges its state and also territorial nurses organizations as well as other organizations to acknowledge May 6, 1996 as “National RN Acknowledgment Day.”

1997 The ANA Board of Supervisors, at the request of the National Pupil Nurses Association, designated May 8 as National Pupil Nurses Day.


ANA Enterprise joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and global colleagues in extending the Year of the Nurse into 2022. This recognition builds on the increased visibility of nurses’ contributions from 2020 and ANA’s expansion of National Nurses Week to Nurses Month in May.